Val McDermid

Fri 1 Oct 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Val McDermid
Val McDermid
chris mann bbc cambridgeshire

This event was recorded and broadcast on Friday 1 October. You can still purchase a ticket to catch up online for 7 days until Wed 6 October.

Join the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid, as she introduces her brand new series of novels.

‘McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant’ – Observer

Join us this autumn for an event centred on the first book of the new series, 1979. McDermid will introduce us to ambitious young journalist Allie Burns, who’s on the hunt for the story that will change her career. The only woman working the Glasgow news desk, she needs a ground-breaking scoop for the boy’s club to take her seriously. Writing the genre that she knows best, McDermid’s new plot enters the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland.  

Val McDermid was in conversation with Chris Mann from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Catch up available to watch again for 7 days
1 ticket per account for online events.

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Venue: Catch up available

Duration: 1 hour

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Author Biography

Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Bloodseries, featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. 

Val has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Grand Prix des Romans D’Aventure  and the LA Times Book of the Year.  In 2016 she received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award at the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Harrogate Crime Festival and in 2017 she was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

She has served as a judge for both the Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize for  Fiction, and chaired the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017.

Val is the recipient of six  Honorary Doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. So we are especially thrilled she is coming to Cambridge.

About this event

Event information: This event will be presented live to a socially distanced audience. Face coverings are to be worn at all times in the venue please. You can view our latest COVID policy here

Venue: University Arms, Cambridge, CB2 1AD

Tickets: Tickets are limited to 10 per account holder. Please bring a paper or digital copy of the booking confirmation email with you to the event as your ticket.

Booking fee: Ticket price includes a £1.00 booking fee (this covers the charities costs to process the payment)

Concessions: Under 25s are eligible for a discounted tickets. Please bring proof of age to the event

University Arms reception

The University Arms

A historic hotel set in the heart of Cambridge’s City Centre providing the perfect staging point to explore this stunning city.

We are thrilled to be hosting this exclusive event in the lovely Ballroom that looks out across Parkers Piece.


Location address:

The University Arms

Regent Street



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